The American auto industry is reeling. Recent proposed cuts by General
Motors and a similar announcement by Ford spells bad news for assembly plants
in at least four North American locations.
And truckers who specialize in hauling cars and other vehicles from the
factories are watching the situation closely.
The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News reported Ford
Motor Co. would announce as soon as Wednesday, Dec. 7, which plants are
proposed for cuts.
Workers in Atlanta; St. Louis; St. Paul, MN; and Windsor, Ontario in
Canada, are now facing job uncertainty following the initial media reports
naming those cities.
A truck assembly plant in Mexico may also face cuts, Bloomberg reported.
At the same time, Japanese automakers Toyota and Honda are among those
thinking about expansion in the U.S.
that as GM and Ford have dropped in sales by 3.7 percent and 4.3 percent
respectively, Nissan has increased in sales by 10 percent, Toyota by 9.9
percent, Hyundai by 8 percent, and Honda by 5.8 percent in the last 11 months.
GM recently announced 30,000 job cuts by 2008, based on falling sales
and rising benefit costs for union employees. Ford may follow suit this week.